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South Euclid judge gives unique sentence

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Bullying has been become an increasingly major issue in schools and society. A South Euclid judge, however, has made international news by imposing a court sentence with a unique twist.

South Euclid Municipal Judge Gayle Williams-Byers, http://www.southeuclidcourt.com ordered Edmond Aviv, 62, to stand at an intersection in his neighborhood from 9-2 pm this past Sunday, holding a sign that read: “I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”

Aviv pleaded no contest to a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The sentence handed down by Judge Williams-Byers also included 15 days in jail, seven months of probation, 100 hours of community service as well as counseling.

Court records indicate that Aviv has been involved in feuding with his neighbor, Sandra Prugh, for the past 15 years. Prugh has two children with developmental disabilities, a paralyzed son, and a husband with dementia. Aviv allegedly behaved in various offensive ways towards Prugh and her family.

According to the online resource http://www.bullyingstatistics.org, “Bullying can include various types of behavior from physical attacks, to destroying one's personal property or clothing, verbal abuse, starting rumors, name calling, verbal attacks online as well as other forms of cyberbullying.”

The online website http://www.stopbullying.gov, notes that “Children with disabilities—such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities—are at an increased risk of being bullied. Any number of factors— physical vulnerability, social skill challenges, or intolerant environments—may increase the risk.”

For even more information on bullying, check out the website http://www.mychildsafety.net